Raul Turrieta, 24, was shot and killed, Christina Scroggin, 25, is charged with first-degree murder
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ar. -- On Wednesday it was released how a man, whose body was found in a car trunk near Mountain Home, had been killed.
Christina Scroggin, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raul Turrieta, 24. Investigators say Scroggin drove her car to a home in rural Mountain Home Tuesday morning and told the homeowner that she thought she'd killed someone. The homeowner called police, who later found Turrieta's body in the trunk of the car.
The Baxter County Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Medical Examiner say Turrieta had been shot a total of three times, in the head and chest. Investigators also found a .38 caliber handgun inside of Scroggin's car. Ballistic tests are being done to determine it it was the gun used in the killing.
Baxter County deputies made a gruesome discovery early Tuesday morning when they found the body of a 24-year-old Mountain Home man stuffed in the trunk of a car parked on Baxter County Road 343 in the Tracy area, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
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Montgomery identified the victim as 24-year-old Raul Segura Turrieta of Mountain Home. Christina Maria Scroggin, 25, of rural Mountain Home, is being held on a $1 million bond at the Baxter County jail after being arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.
Scroggin reportedly drove a car to 244 Baxter County Road 343 in the Tracy area early Tuesday morning, according to the sheriff. Once there, said Montgomery, she reportedly told a resident she “may have killed someone.”
A resident at the home called 911 about 5:50 a.m. to report the incident. Deputies drove to the residence, and upon opening the trunk, found Turrieta’s body. Authorities then secured two search warrants, Montgomery said; one for the car in which the body was discovered, and one for Turrieta’s 1123 Ozark Avenue residence in Mountain Home.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office and the Mountain Home Police Department could be seen searching Turrieta’s home Tuesday afternoon. At least three MHPD investigators and two BCSO investigators could be seen at Turrieta’s residence.
Turrieta’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death, Montgomery said. Investigators spoke with officials in the Baxter County Prosecutor’s Office, and the decision was made to charge Scroggin with first-degree murder in connection for Turrieta’s death.
The scene of the original crime had not been identified as of late Tuesdayafternoon, according to Montgomery. Authorities did not say if a murder weapon had been found, or if any additional arrests were made or could be expected in the case.
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